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In pictures: Yeltsin's funeral

A soldier stands next to Mr Yeltsin's open coffin as mourners look on

A state funeral has been held in the Russian capital, Moscow, for former President Boris Yeltsin.

A man holding a picture of Mr Yeltsin waits in line to pay his respects

Mr Yeltsin, Russia's first elected president and the man who led the country to independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union, died on Monday at the age of 76.

Mourners file past the coffin of Boris Yeltsin

Before the funeral, hundreds of mourners filed past Mr Yeltsin's coffin to pay their respects.

A clergyman conducts a ceremony in front of Mr Yeltsin's coffin

The service took place at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, which was rebuilt under Mr Yeltsin after being demolished during Soviet rule.

Boris Yeltsin's widow, Naina (right), and his daughter, Tatyana, at the cathedral

Mr Yeltsin's wife, Naina, and his daughter, Tatyana, looked on as prayers were said.

George Bush Snr, Bill Clinton, John Major and members of Boris Yeltsin's family

World leaders from the Yeltsin era - former US Presidents George Bush Snr and Bill Clinton, and ex-British Prime Minister John Major - offered their condolences to his family.

President Vladimir Putin at Boris Yeltsin's funeral

Mr Yeltsin's successor, President Vladimir Putin, had declared it a day of national mourning.

Boris Yeltsin's coffin is carried by an honour guard

Mr Yeltsin's coffin was carried by an honour guard from the cathedral.

The cortege bearing Mr Yeltsin's coffin sets off

His was the first funeral of a Kremlin leader to be sanctioned by the Orthodox Church in more than 100 years

Boris Yeltsin's coffin is transferred to a gun carriage

Mr Yeltsin's coffin was transferred to a gun carriage for the final part of its journey to Moscow's Novodevichy cemetery, where he was buried with full state honours.

Naina Yeltsin watches as husband Boris is buried

Naina Yeltsin wept at the graveside as her husband was lowered into the ground, where he lies alongside many famous actors and writers from Russia's past.






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